We're kicking off the new year with a count down to Opening Day. I'm going to have a new article up for you everyday from now until MLB's Opening Day--April 4. That's 91 days from now. I was trying to think of a theme and I decided to just randomly pick a stat, event, or maybe even jersey number represented by the number of days left until opening day. Today I'm going to take a look at the Brewers 90th win from the 2008 season as suggested by a member of the BCB community.
The 2008 season was quite the whirlwind and that 90th win came on the very last day of the season. It's also the day they finally secured their spot in the post season for the first time in over two decades. Doubly satisfying was the fact that the win came against division rivals the Chicago Cubs.
Earlier this winter Travis covered the game in his "Greatest Games" series. You can read or re-read that article here. I went back through the editorial in hopes of finding the game recap, but it doesn't look like BCB had game recaps back then. Instead I found the pre-game write-up by Jeff Sackman. I also found the Frosty Mug by Kyle Lobner from the following day. It's fun to go back and read the comments of those articles. Unfortunately the Game Thread seems to be missing.
It's interesting to note the Mets game was originally scheduled to start an hour earlier than the Brewers games. The two teams were tied going into the day so there was potential for a one game play-in between them should they both win. Of course as we all remember that's not how things worked out.
The Mets were delayed for some time due to rain and the Brewers actually finished the game well before the Mets did. I remember this moment very vividly. I was living in Madison at the time. I was a veterinary assistant at the time and had my parents visiting for the weekend. We watched the game at my house and we just sat with a sense of muted joy for what seemed like forever as we waited for the Mets game to conclude.
We were still watching the Brewers broadcast because they were staying on TV until the Mets decision. They kept showing the Brewers and Mark A in the locker room as they were watching the Mets game. It was totally surreal. Finally the Mets lost and the Brewers were officially in the postseason. It was so very satisfying.
What were you all doing on September 28, 2008? I'd be interested to read your stories. And remember, if you have any suggestions for Opening Day countdown tie-ins let me know in the comment section. I'm writing 89 more articles in as many days so I could use the help!